Metascore
13

Overwhelming dislike - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 16 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Vanessa E. Jones
    38
    Prinze charming, but can't save movie.
  2. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    30
    A Boring Young Couple.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    Floating this material slightly above the assembly-line level is the energetic cast and the efforts of writer-director Kris Isacsson.
  4. The best the makers of Down to You can hope for is that girls in their early teens--clearly the film's target audience--will be so carried away by its charismatic stars that they'll overlook the film's various flaws.
  5. Reviewed by: Chriss Hewitt
    25
    The highlights of the movie are a great song, Sam Phillips' "I Need Love,'' which comes at the end, and Stiles' affecting crying scene.
  6. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    25
    Ah, young love. It can be quaint and heartwarming, but is largely inconsistent and painful -- kind of like this movie.
  7. 21
    There's nothing wrong with Down to You that a smart script and savvy direction couldn't cure.
  8. Reviewed by: Brendan Kelly
    20
    Something oddly appealing about this mushy romantic tale, but first-time feature writer-director Kris Isacsson doesn't have the skills to raise it far above its formulaic foundation.
  9. 12
    Stinko movies often unwittingly critique themselves -- and the brain-dead romantic comedy Down to You (which Miramax understandably didn't screen in advance for critics) is no exception.
  10. Extremely good-looking people tend to be shallow, self-involved and not very bright. Let's call this statement what it is: a form of prejudice, a stereotype. It is, sadly, a stereotype that Down to You does everything in its power to promote.
  11. Neither character seems especially insightful, and their intense focus on the self and the terrific delicacy of their feelings comes to feel narcissistic and annoying.
  12. 10
    Prinze and Stiles regularly talk to the camera, but that doesn't make their characters self-aware.
  13. 0
    The confusion it mistakes for true soul-searching is about as realistic a look at the politics of youthful attraction as one of those "Did somebody say McDonald's?" commercials is a look at mainstream American family values. Did somebody say McCheese?
  14. For the audience, it's like watching the dreckiest of teen puppy courtships trying to pass itself off as ''Annie Hall.'' La-de-blah.
  15. 0
    One of those puppy-love movies that make you feel like you're slowly drowning.
  16. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    0
    A disaster: dull, predictable, at times cringe-worthy.

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